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Tuesday, August 25, 6:00 PM ET
Nonfiction Book Group with Geo discusses The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
Led (virtually!) by Greenlight bookseller Geo, our nonfiction book group reads and discusses the most fascinating topics in nonfiction, both classic and contemporary, with seasonal themes covering a variety of genres. For August, the group discusses Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns. In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals, brilliantly capturing their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an “unrecognized immigration” within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.